Department Information

Business Studies

Members of the Department

Mrs Denise Murphy (Head of Department)

Mrs Geraldine Mulholland

Business Studies News

Congratulations to Kira McDonnell who came 2nd in Northern Ireland in GCSE Business Studies 2018

Congratulations to the following students who have received a scholarship from the London Institute of Banking and Finance due to excellent results in AS Financial Studies:

Ciara Donnelly, Cliodhna McCaffrey and Patrice Relf


Business Studies provides students with an insight into the world of work. Students will discover how businesses operate and will learn about their key functions. This knowledge is invaluable to those students who wish to pursue careers in management, marketing, human resources, project management, business accounting, management consultancy, and business journalism. We offer both traditional and Applied GCE as well as GCSE.

Key Stage 4 (GCSE)

Business Studies is now broken down into manageable units. Unit one is assessed at the end of Year 11 and unit two at the end of Year 12. Coursework has been replaced with controlled classroom assessment worth 20%.

This subject provides a sound basis of business knowledge which pupils can use in a wide variety of careers such as accountancy, financial services, management and law. They will study current business and economic events in local, national and global contexts. They will learn how use key terms and concepts to describe business behaviour. Pupils will also consider business ethics and the impact of business on the environment.

Key Stage 5 (GCE)


GCE Business Studies is made up of two levels: AS and A2. Year 13 students can take the AS course as a final qualification without progressing to the A2 Level in Year 14. Those wanting to obtain the full Advanced GCE must complete both the AS and the A2 Level. The course has a modular structure. Students will study two units at AS and a further two at A2 Level.

Students study the CCEA specification.


At AS level, students study the Certificate in Financial Services (CeFS) which is equivalent to a GCE AS Level qualification.
In their final year, they progress to a Diploma in Financial Services (DipFS) which is equivalent to a GCE A2 Level qualification. The qualification carries the same UCAS points.

Awarding Body: London Institute of Finance and Banking

Career Opportunities

This course is invaluable to those students who wish to pursue careers in accountancy, management, marketing, human resources, project management, management consultancy, and business journalism. 

Chartered accountant, chartered certified accountant, chartered management accountant, corporate investment banker, insurance underwriter, management consultant, retail banker, risk manager, human resources officer, logistics and distribution manager, marketing executive, retail manager, systems analyst